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International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products; Revised Guidance for Industry on Stability Testing of New Veterinary Drug Substances and Medicinal Products (Revision); Availability

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a revised guidance for industry (#73) entitled “Stability Testing of New Veterinary Drug Substances and Medicinal Products (Revision) VICH GL3(R).” This revised guidance has been developed for veterinary use by the International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (VICH). This revised document is intended to provide guidance regarding the development of stability testing data for new animal drug applications (referred to as registration applications in the guidance) submitted to the European Union (EU), Japan, and United States.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Submit written or electronic comments on agency guidances at any time.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Submit written requests for single copies of the guidance to the Communications Staff (HFV-12), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your request. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.

Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Comments should be identified with the full title of the guidance and the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Submit electronic comments on the guidance via the Internet at http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments or http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Dennis Bensley, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-140), Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 301-827-6956, e-mail: dennis.bensley@fda.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Background Back to Top

In recent years, many important initiatives have been undertaken by regulatory authorities and industry associations to promote the international harmonization of regulatory requirements. FDA has participated in efforts to enhance harmonization and has expressed its commitment to seek scientifically based harmonized technical procedures for the development of pharmaceutical products. One of the goals of harmonization is to identify and then reduce differences in technical requirements for drug development among regulatory agencies in different countries.

FDA has actively participated in the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Approval of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use for several years to develop harmonized technical requirements for the approval of human pharmaceutical and biological products among the European Union, Japan, and the United States. VICH is a parallel initiative for veterinary medicinal products. VICH is concerned with developing harmonized technical requirements for the approval of veterinary medicinal products in the European Union, Japan, and the United States, and includes input from both regulatory and industry representatives.

The VICH steering committee is composed of member representatives from the European Commission; European Medicines Evaluation Agency; European Federation of Animal Health; Committee on Veterinary Medicinal Products; FDA; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the Animal Health Institute; the Japanese Veterinary Pharmaceutical Association; the Japanese Association of Veterinary Biologics; and the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Four observers are eligible to participate in the VICH steering committee: One representative from the government of Australia/New Zealand, one representative from the industry in Australia/New Zealand, one representative from the government of Canada, and one representative from the industry of Canada. The VICH Secretariat, which coordinates the preparation of documentation, is provided by the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH). An IFAH representative also participates in the VICH steering committee meetings.

II. Revised Guidance on Stability Testing of New Veterinary Drug Substances and Medicinal Products Back to Top

In the Federal Register of April 14, 2006 (71 FR 19525), FDA published a notice of availability for a draft revised guidance entitled “Stability Testing of New Veterinary Drug Substances and Medicinal Products (Revision)”, VICH GL3(R) giving interested persons until May 15, 2006, to comment on the draft revised guidance. No comments were received. The revised guidance announced in this notice finalizes the draft revised guidance announced on April 14, 2006. The revised guidance is a product of the quality expert working group of the VICH. The revised guidance seeks to exemplify the core stability data package to be included in registration applications for new veterinary drug substances and medicinal products.

III. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Back to Top

This guidance refers to previously approved collections of information found in FDA regulations. These collections of information are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The collections of information in section 2 of the guidance have been approved under OMB Control No. 0910-0032.

IV. Significance of Guidance Back to Top

This revised document, developed under the VICH process, has been revised to conform to FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). For example, the document has been designated “guidance” rather than “guideline.” In addition, guidance documents must not include mandatory language such as “shall,” “must,” “require,” or “requirement,” unless FDA is using these words to describe a statutory or regulatory requirement.

The revised VICH guidance (GFI #73) is consistent with the agency's current thinking on the stability testing of new veterinary drug substances and medicinal products. This guidance does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and will not operate to bind FDA or the public. An alternative method may be used as long as it satisfies the requirements of applicable statutes and regulations.

V. Comments Back to Top

Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments regarding this revised guidance document. Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of any mailed comments, except that individuals may submit one paper copy. Comments are to be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. A copy of the guidance and received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

VI. Electronic Access Back to Top

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the guidance at CVM's home page (http://www.fda.gov/cvm) and from the Division of Dockets Management Web site (http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/default.htm).

Dated: November 12, 2007.

Randall W. Lutter,

Deputy Commissioner for Policy.

[FR Doc. E7-22900 Filed 11-21-07; 8:45 am]

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